New this week: ‘The Garcias,’ Jewel Music and Barack Obama

Here’s a compendium curated by entertainment journalists from the Associated Press about what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.


– Unsurprisingly, “Drive My Car” wasn’t the only film by Ryusuke Hamaguchi last year. His acclaimed Haruki Murakami adaptation certainly garnered the most attention last month at the International Feature Oscar win, but his three-part anthology film “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” deserves something more, too (it won at the Berlin Film Festival). Runner-up) ) Tripitaka follows three young women who navigate the strange triangles of romantic pursuit, former love, and. And it will be available to stream on Criterion channel from Thursday. Don’t worry, it clocks in in just two hours.

– Modern ties, though French, are also at the center of Jacques Ouard’s black-and-white “Paris, 13th District”, available Fridays on VOD from IFC Films. Adapted from the graphic novels by Adrian Tomin, the film follows various young Parisians living in a less-than-pretty corner of the City of Lights as they struggle to forge real connections and connections in the Tinder world. “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” fans should be excited to learn that filmmaker Celine Scinamma helped co-write the film and Noémi Merlant co-stars.

— Continuing the international series of new movies to stream this week, Filipino director Brillante Mendoza inspired by the true story of boxer Naozumi Tsuchiyama for his drama “Jenson Punch” arrives on HBO Max Friday. The Japanese athlete with a prosthetic leg went to the Philippines to pursue boxing after being denied an opportunity in his home country.

— AP Film writer Lindsey Bahri


“Freewheelin’ Woman,” Jewel’s first new studio album in seven years, finds her leaning into a soulful and groove-heavy sound. The single “Living With Your Memory” kicks her off a retro but timeless R&B vibe with a full, horn-heavy band. She sings, “I’m rollin / rollin / rollin / back the time”. On “Long Way ‘Round,” her voice turns thrillingly, as comfortable as a pair of favorite jeans. Jewel is also a contestant on NBC’s new music competition series “American Song Contest,” where she represents the state of Alaska among emerging and established artists from across the country competing for best song.

– Guess who else is in the “American Song Contest”? Electronic music outfit The Crystal Method will release their seventh studio album, “The Trip Out,” on Friday. A few days earlier – on Monday – The Crystal Method would represent Nevada in the NBC contest and debut their song “Watch Me Now.” The dance icons recently joined forces with Iggy Pop for “Post Punk,” a menacing, futuristic jam with a relentless beat that sounds perfect for a rave on a mission to Mars.

— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy


– Hugh Laurie on Britbox’s “Why Didn’t He Ask Evans?” Laurie directed, produced, wrote, and starred in a three-episode mystery series based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel of the same title—The Last Words of a Murder Victim. Lady Francis and her friend Bobby (Lucy Boynton, Will Poulter), who find the dying man, become amateur detectives to solve the case. Laurie takes on the role of clinical director of a hospital, which should be fitting for former Dr. Gregory House. The limited series debuted on the streaming service on Tuesday.

America’s national parks are undeniable gems, but not monopolies. “Our Great National Parks,” a five-part Netflix series, takes a global view of public lands and the wildlife that lives in them. Episode one does hopscotch in parks and countries, including Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay; Longo National Park, Gabon; Yakushima National Park, Japan and Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. Later episodes focus on Chilean Patagonia; Savo, Kenya; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California, and Gunung Lucer in Indonesia. Former President Barack Obama produced and narrated the series starting Wednesday.

— When “The Brothers Garcia” aired on Nickelodeon in the early 2000s, it was one of the rare shows with Latino artists and creators. Nearly two decades later, the sitcom’s reboot for HBO Max still represents a TV short. “The Garcias” revolves around a San Antonio, Texas, family as they gather for summer vacation at their beach house in Mexico. Actors who reprise their roles from the original series include Jeffrey Liacon, Bobby Gonzalez, Alvin lvarez and Veneza Pitinsky as the García siblings. Nickelodeon show co-creator Jeff Valdez created and created showrunner for “The Garcias,” debuting Thursday on the streaming service.

— AP Television writer Lynn Elbe


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